Fonds P006 - Minnie Hallowell Bowen fonds

Sports Minnie H. Bowen Minnie H. Bowen Minnie H. Bowen Minnie H. Bowen with Rose Bowen Scout Lloyd Bowen receiving Medal for Bravery Chief Scout Lord Baden-Powell 2nd Sherbrooke Troop Boy Scouts camping at Lake Massawippi Certificate of service during the Spanish Flu Scout Lloyd Bowen Scout Lloyd Bowen Boy Scout by tent Lloyd H. Bowen 01 Lloyd H. Bowen Lloyd H. Bowen hiking in England Lloyd H. Bowen with fellow soldiers Lloyd H. Bowen 05 Lloyd H. Bowen at Camp Borden Lloyd H. Bowen F.N. Burt Company booth, Sherbrooke Exhibition Lieutenant Cecil H. Bowen Group of soldiers, Ciego de Avila, Cuba Cecil H. Bowen Cecil H. Bowen Cecil H. Bowen Herb Cowans and Cecil H. Bowen Eleazar Clark, ca. 1890s Eleazar Clark, ca. 1880 St. Francis District Court, Sherbrooke George F. Bowen
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Minnie Hallowell Bowen fonds

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CA E001 P006

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  • [1752?]-[200-?] (Creation)

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0.93 l.m. of textual records, 21 drawings, 13 engravings, 1 painting, 6 maps, 8 artefacts, 779 photographs (34 tintypes, 52 cellulose acetate negatives): b&w., 3 postcards, 5 découpages.

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(1861-1942)

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Minnie Hallowell Bowen was born in Sherbrooke on 4 February 1861. She was the daughter of John Hallowell, a lawyer, and Helen Maria Clark. On September 10th, 1890, she married Cecil H. Bowen, son of George Frederick Bowen, and had two children, Lloyd H. and Rose Meredyth. Minnie Hallowell Bowen was active in various philanthropic, patriotic, religious, and literary organizations such as the Women's Auxiliary Missionary Society, the Sherbrooke Patriotic Association, the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, the Women's Conservative Association, the Canadian Authors' Association, and the Sherbrooke Choral Society. She published six books and booklets of poetry; she also wrote literary texts that were published in newspapers and periodicals. She used a few pen names: the Drum-Major, Jane of Brompton Road, and possibly Rapier. She died in Quebec City in 1942 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Sherbrooke.

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The fonds contains source material mainly related to Minnie Hallowell Bowen's literary writings, community and political implicatons, and personal life at the turn of the 20th century. Many of her poems relate to local events, to the world wars, and to Canadian and British politics. The fonds also provides information on the activities of Minnie's family members, including but not limited to: her husband Cecil H. Bowen, her son Lloyd H. Bowen, her daughter Rose Meredyth Bowen, Henry Bowen, Edward Bowen, Eleazar Clark, George Frederick Bowen, John Hallowell, William Bowen, Frank A. Bowen, Frederick Chamberlin Bowen, and Edward Hugh Bowen. The documents show their involvement mainly in the development of railways, in the mining industry, in the Armed Forces and Militia, in politics, in scouting, in church activities, and in social clubs and associations. Some documents are about the Fenian Raids, the Knights of Columbus, and the history of Sherbrooke.

The fonds consists of mainly manuscripts, correspondence, photocopies of press clippings, articles, publications, photographs, diaries, prospectuses, and drawings. It is comprised of the following series: Literary Works and Other Writings (1883-1941), Involvement in the Canadian Flag Issue ([1887?]-1946), Personal Life ([1863-1865]-1943), Lloyd H. Bowen (1865, 1902-1995), Cecil H. Bowen ([1866?]-1935, 1986), Other Family Members (1801-1940), and History of Sherbrooke ([1836?]-1967), Family History ([1752?-200-?]), Obituaries and Other Clippings (1836-1943, 1964-1997), Other Photographs and Graphic Material (1840-1956), Miscellaneous ([1835-1904?]).

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Some documents exhibit severe water and mold damage.

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The documents were donated in 1998, 2007 and 2014 by Sally Bowen, except for approximately 20 documents donated in 1980 by Phyllis Burczyk.

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  • English
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Some documents and photographs also available in digital format

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Researchers may also consult archives of the Bowen family at the Centre de l'Estrie of the Archives nationales du Québec in Sherbrooke.

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The fonds was processed by Sylvie Côté in 1999-2000 and by Jody Robinson in 2015-2016.

The first processing and description of this fonds were done thanks to a grant from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec (Soutien à la mise en valeur du patrimoine, sous-volet «archives privées»). The second processing, description and digitization were done thanks to a grant from the Bélanger-Gardner Foundation. New material was processed and described by Jazmine Aldrich, archival technician, in 2018 courtesy of funding received from Canadian Heritage.

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